Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/20/2020

Today’s pro-gun rally in Richmond went off without any major incidents. I haven’t seen any photos or videos of Nazi flags, but the clip of a communist woman calling for a revolution and the overthrow of the U.S. government was very entertaining. The 2nd Amendment supporters even picked up the garbage from the streets after the event.

In other news, the European Parliament passed a resolution condemning Hungary and Poland.

To see the headlines and the articles, click “Continue reading” below.

Thanks to JD, Reader from Chicago, Upananda Brahmachari, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. I check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

Financial Crisis
» 944 Trillion Reasons Why the Fed is Quietly Bailing Out Hedge Funds
 
USA
» “Lying Pieces of S***!” Man at Virginia Gun Rally Interrupts Live MSNBC Broadcast
» 2A Activist Calls Out NBC’s Ben Collins for ‘White Nationalist Rally’ Smear: ‘They Want Another Charlottesville’
» ‘A Birthday Present for Ralph Northam’: Protesters Clean Garbage Off Streets Following Virginia Gun Rally
» Antifa Infiltrator? Gun Rallygoers Turn on Protester Who Urges Violence
» ‘Democrats and Media Hate Trump Much More Than They Love America’
» Google Whistleblower Suggests His Wife’s Fatal Car Crash May Not Have Been Accidental
» Greta Thunberg’s Climate Change Hoax Damaging America’s Children
» Ivanka Trump Shock: How Friend Claimed Ivanka ‘Does Not Believe in Her Father’s Populism’
» Massive Crowds, Lots of Guns, And Alex Jones in a Tank Descend on Richmond for 2a Rally
» NBC News Reporter Deletes Post Calling Pro-Second Amendment Event ‘White Nationalist Rally’
» ‘Occupy Fremont’ Protest Blocking Streets in Downtown Las Vegas
» President Trump Pledges to Never Leave Second Amendment ‘Unprotected’
» The Impeachment ‘Kill Switch’: McConnell Dismissal Rule Corners Democrats, Blocks Antics as Trial Commences
» Update: YouTube Defends Removing Livestreams of Richmond Gun-Rights Rally
» Virginia’s Capitol Flooded With Gun Rights Activists for Second Amendment Rally
» Watch — 2A Activist: Media Smearing Virginia Protesters as ‘Nothing But White Rednecks’
» Why 5G Cell Towers Are More Dangerous
» Why the States Must Nullify the National Voter Registration Act Now!
 
Canada
» Harry and Meghan Have Their Eyes on Vancouver Mansion
» Watch: Dramatic Drone Footage of St. John’s Post Blizzard
 
Europe and the EU
» Belgium: Extinction Rebellion Invade Auto Salon: 185 Arrests
» EU Financial Firms Flock to UK
» Hungarian Press Roundup: EP Adopts Resolution Condemning Hungary and Poland
» Norway’s Government Collapses Over ISIS Returnee
» Pope Francis Ties Rise in Antisemitism to Growth of Populism
» UK Wind Farms Paid Millions Per Day Not to Run Turbines
» UK: Lane: Only Modernist Architects Will Benefit From Moving the House of Lords to Beautiful York
 
Middle East
» Baghdad Anti-Government Protests Escalate
» Lebanon’s Protests Spiral
 
Russia
» Putin Rewrites WWII History and Pushes Stalinist Propaganda
 
South Asia
» Hindus Suffering for Being Born in Majority: Plea in SC Challenges Constitutionality of Minorities Commission
 
Far East
» Coronavirus in China Confirmed Contagious by Human-to-Human Transmission
» How Scared Should You be of the Wuhan Coronavirus?
» Moody’s Downgrades Hong Kong, Blames Government Response to Protests
» New Species of Feathered Dinosaur Discovered in China
» US vs China: America Plans to Ban Usage of Chinese Drones
 
Australia — Pacific
» Meet the Man Who Has Exposed the Great Climate Change Con Trick
 
Latin America
» New Species of Titi Monkey Discovered in Brazil
» Trump Was Right! Warehouse in Puerto Rico Discovered This Week Filled With US Survival Aid for Hurricane Maria (Video)
 
Immigration
» Hungary: Fidesz: Opposition Momentum’s Liberal EP Group Wants to Implement ‘Soros Plan’
» Iraqi ‘People Trafficking Kingpin, 29, Who Smuggled Migrants From Belgium to UK in Backs of Lorries’ Is Arrested in UK Along With British Woman, 36, And Now Faces Extradition
 
Culture Wars
» Actual Drag Queen Slams ‘Woke’ Parents for Allowing Their Kids to be Around Drag Queens
» France: Tens of Thousands March in Paris to Protest ‘Wombs for Rent’
» German ‘Speech Police’ Announce Taboo Term of 2019: ‘Climate Hysteria’
 
General
» A Plague of Locusts, Earthquakes in Diverse Places, And Weather That Has Gone Completely Nuts
 

944 Trillion Reasons Why the Fed is Quietly Bailing Out Hedge Funds

On Friday, Minneapolis Fed president Neel Kashkari, who just two months earlier made a stunning proposal when he said that it was time for the Fed to pick up where the USSR left off and start redistributing wealth (at least Kashkari chose the proper entity: since the Fed has launched central planning across US capital markets, it would also be proper in the banana republic that the US has become, that the same Fed also decides who gets how much and the entire democracy/free enterprise/free market farce be skipped altogether) issued a challenge to “QE conspiracists” which apparently now also includes his FOMC colleague (and former Goldman Sachs co-worker), Robert Kaplan, in which he said “QE conspiracists can say this is all about balance sheet growth. Someone explain how swapping one short term risk free instrument (reserves) for another short term risk free instrument (t-bills) leads to equity repricing. I don’t see it.”

To the delight of Kashkari, who this year gets to vote and decide the future of US monetary policy yet is completely unaware of how the plumbing underneath US capital markets actually works, we did so for his benefit on Friday, although we certainly did not have to: after all, the “central banks’ central bank”, the Bank for International Settlements, did a far better job than we ever could in its December 8 report, “September stress in dollar repo markets: passing or structural?”, which explained not just why the September repo disaster took place on the supply side (i.e., the sudden, JPMorgan-mediated liquidity shortage at the “top 4” commercial banks which prevented them from lending into the repo market)…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

“Lying Pieces of S***!” Man at Virginia Gun Rally Interrupts Live MSNBC Broadcast

An attendee of today’s pro-gun rally in Richmond, Virginia had a few choice words for MSNBC when he crashed their live broadcast to tell them they’re “lying pieces of s***.”

An MSNBC reporter was doing a piece to camera about how President Trump was tweeting about the event when an old man appeared in the background to deliver a very clear message.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

2A Activist Calls Out NBC’s Ben Collins for ‘White Nationalist Rally’ Smear: ‘They Want Another Charlottesville’

An attendee of Monday’s Second Amendment rally in Virginia slammed NBC News’s Ben Collins for originally smearing the event as a “white nationalist rally,” blasting those on the left for attempting to paint Trump supporters as “neo-Nazis and white supremacists” and adding that they “want another Charlottesville.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

‘A Birthday Present for Ralph Northam’: Protesters Clean Garbage Off Streets Following Virginia Gun Rally

Demonstrators picked up trash off the streets of downtown Richmond as they left a pro-Second Amendment rally in the Virginia capital.

Footage posted on social media shows gun rights activists and other attendees doing their part to clean up after the Monday rally in protest of several pieces of gun control legislation being considered in the state.

“Pick up the trash, everybody, put it right here in this bag,” a man can be heard saying in one video while he holds a large plastic trash bag. “It’s a birthday present for Ralph Northam, all right? Put it right here.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Antifa Infiltrator? Gun Rallygoers Turn on Protester Who Urges Violence

Rallygoers at the Virginia capital pro-Second Amendment Lobby Day have been on high alert for several days leading up to the event and warning one another that infiltrators from Antifa or other anti-gun groups could be in their crowd posing as pro-gun, but stirring up trouble and violence. An incident occurred at the Richmond rally that has some people wondering if they’ve just discovered one of these opposition plants. The video below shows a thin man wearing army-style clothing and claiming to be a libertarian while encouraging someone who is speaking to “start a revolution right now” and “hop that fence and kill that guy.”

[Language warning]

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

‘Democrats and Media Hate Trump Much More Than They Love America’

Says ‘weaker’ Republicans “don’t deserve to be in office”

During an interview with Fox News Sunday, Donald Trump Jr. slammed Democrats and the media when discussing the ongoing impeachment saga, declaring that they “hate Trump more than they love America”.

President Trump’s son told Sunday Morning Futures “They will double down. Any opportunity to hurt Trump, and that is the reality.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Google Whistleblower Suggests His Wife’s Fatal Car Crash May Not Have Been Accidental

Google whistleblower Dr. Robert Epstein has suggested that his wife’s fatal car crash may not have been accidental.

Last month, Misti Dawn Vaughn’s Ford Ranger spun out of control on a slippery road in California and veered into the path of a tractor trailer. She died from her injuries days later.

Police concluded that drugs or alcohol were not factors in the crash.

In a tweet posted last night, Epstein appeared to suggest that the crash was not accidental and Vaughn’s vehicle could have been tampered with.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Greta Thunberg’s Climate Change Hoax Damaging America’s Children

Greta Thunberg burst on to the world scene last year at age 16 similar to the unleashing of the most ignorant, stupid buffoon to ever serve in the U.S. Congress, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC). Thunberg is a Swedish citizen and referred to as a climate change activist. Her job is to spread fear in humans around the world while pushing one of the biggest hoaxes ever shoved upon the world.

It’s also the job of little Miss “How dare you!” to pound the message of doom and death to kids her own age. Hey — this is ‘one of our own’ telling us the truth, not some old, stuffy white guy politician. Greta we can relate to and that’s exactly what the big money behind her has been banking on.

In this era of instant messaging through social media, Twitter, Instagram and others, that prop for the destroyers has succeeded. A huge backlash against climate change ‘deniers’ was almost immediate around the world. Children and kids (high school age) suddenly were given permission to skip classes to participate in climate change rally’s and protests. It was nauseating to watch.

Her propaganda is manna from Heaven for the zealots in Congress, state legislatures and local governments who promote the cow patty New Green Deal. How the international communists love it because the ultimate goal of all this environmental hysteria is to kill capitalism. Just ask Bernie Sanders and the Communist Party USA.

Remember Gus Hall? He was leader and Chairman of the Communist Party USA and perennial presidential candidate. He was a committed communist who wrote a tell all book titled Ecology: Can We Survive Under Capitalism?

Old Gus used his book to promote socialism (and easing into communism) by using the environment as justification for abolishing all private property ownership and steering America to ruin. America would be doomed if capitalism isn’t crushed!

His battle cry is Greta Thunberg’s and AOC and the hundreds of NGO’s operating in this country with the main goal of destroying our way of life, civilization as we know it…

“Climate change is the tool of choice to scare us all into voluntarily surrendering our liberties to this BLUEPRINT to change human society. And that’s why they will not give up on this scam — no matter how much true science debunks it.

“If you doubt that then let me share this quote from Christina Stewart, the former Canadian Minister of the Environment: “No matter if the science of global warming is all phony … climate change provides the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world.” That “justice and equality” she speaks of is redistribution of wealth — which means socialism. Sustainable Development is not just a conservation policy to assure we are good stewards of the land: rather, it affects every corner of our lives….

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Ivanka Trump Shock: How Friend Claimed Ivanka ‘Does Not Believe in Her Father’s Populism’

IVANKA TRUMP does not believe in her father Donald Trump’s populist ideology, according to a friend of hers.

Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner backed Mr Trump in the 2016 presidential election and are now a key part of his administration. Dubbed the First Daughter, Ivanka is a special adviser to the US President for womens’ issues and Jared is a special adviser for strategic planning. However, according to 2019 book ‘Kushner Inc’ her friends have insisted they did this for the networking opportunities, not because they actually believe in Mr Trump’s populist rhetoric.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Massive Crowds, Lots of Guns, And Alex Jones in a Tank Descend on Richmond for 2a Rally

Today is lobby day in Richmond, Virginia, and people from all over the state are streaming into the capitol to protest Virginia Democrats and Governor Northam’s plans to institute major gun bans. The governor declared a state of emergency leading up to the event and tried to ban anyone from carrying legally at the rally. No one is really sure if that’s legal or binding. The law seems to say it isn’t.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

NBC News Reporter Deletes Post Calling Pro-Second Amendment Event ‘White Nationalist Rally’

NBC News reporter Ben Collins deleted a January 19 tweet in which he referred to the then-pending Virginia Second Amendment event as a “white nationalist rally.”

Collins tweeted the white nationalist moniker on Sunday, the day before the rally was held.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

‘Occupy Fremont’ Protest Blocking Streets in Downtown Las Vegas

5 P.M. UPDATE: The Occupy Fremont protest is happening now in downtown Las Vegas. The protest has closed traffic on Casino Center between Carson Avenue and Ogden. The march started at Las Vegas City Hall.

Protesters say they chose Martin Luther King Jr. Day for their protest because they feel the rights of homeless people are being trampled on.

Several homeless advocates believe two recent laws are blatantly anti-homeless. The protesters say they will be committing acts of civil disobedience to show their displeasure of the new laws.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

President Trump Pledges to Never Leave Second Amendment ‘Unprotected’

On the very day that Virginians rallied in support of gun rights President Trump tweeted that he will never leave the Second Amendment “unprotected.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

The Impeachment ‘Kill Switch’: McConnell Dismissal Rule Corners Democrats, Blocks Antics as Trial Commences

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is as of now including in the U.S. Senate impeachment trial rules a “kill switch” that effectively allows for the president’s legal team to seek an immediate verdict or dismissal of the case should Democrats engage in any shenanigans like they did in the House process.

The revelation comes after the House finally late last week formally sent the Articles of Impeachment it adopted before Christmas—after holding them for more than a month without transmission—to the U.S. Senate, thereby triggering the start of a Senate trial. The Senate will formally commence its trial procedures in votes this coming week, and while some Republicans want to outright dismiss the charges altogether from the outset, others believe a trial should take place.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Update: YouTube Defends Removing Livestreams of Richmond Gun-Rights Rally

Update below.

As thousands of Second Amendment protesters flocked to the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond on Monday, YouTube livestreams of the protest started freezing or getting flat-out removed from the video platform.

“This video has been removed for violating YouTube’s community guidelines,” YouTube explained after taking down live coverage of the gun rights rally from WUSA9, a news channel in the Washington, D.C. area.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Virginia’s Capitol Flooded With Gun Rights Activists for Second Amendment Rally

RICHMOND, Va. — A gun-rights rally in Richmond that brought thousands of people from across the country to protest a push by Virginia Democrats for comprehensive gun control ended peacefully without any major incidents.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Watch — 2A Activist: Media Smearing Virginia Protesters as ‘Nothing But White Rednecks’

A black Second Amendment supporter at the January 20, 2020, rally pulled back the covers on the establishment media’s attempts to paint pro-gun Virginians as “nothing but white rednecks.”

Listen as the pro-Second Amendment American says, “I do not in any way, shape, or form support Governor Northam’s and the Democrat’s gun control.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Why 5G Cell Towers Are More Dangerous

All cell towers emit Radio Frequency (RF) Radiation. There are literally hundreds of peer reviewed scientific studies from around the world that have linked this “non-ionizing” form of electromagnetic radiation to things like cancer, DNA damage (especially in infants and fetuses), and infertility. And Kevin Mottus of the US Brain Tumor Association says that within the radio frequency portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, the higher the frequency, the more dangerous the radiation is.

5G Cell Towers are More Dangerous for Two Main Reasons:

First, 5G emits “ultra high frequencies”. The higher the frequency, the shorter the length of each wave. This means more waves hit our bodies in the same amount of time. Previous cellular generations emitted from 1 to 6 GHz frequencies. 5G cell towers may emit frequencies as high as 300 GHz. Second, 5G technology requires “ultra high intensity”. Since the shorter length millimeter waves (MMV) used in 5G do not travel as far (and get obstructed easier), with our current number of cell towers the cell signal will not be reliable. To compensate 5G cell towers will have to emit the lower 3G & 4G waves as well, and many more “mini cell towers” will have to be installed. It is estimated that they will need a mini cell tower every 2 to 8 houses. All of this combined will greatly increase our RF Radiation exposure.

With RF Radiation, how close the source is to our physical bodies is more important than the power level (or wattage) of the radiation. RF Radiation dissipates with distance. In other words, a low powered exposure right next to someone, is more dangerous than a more powerful exposure a long ways away. Also the longer the exposure time is, the more dangerous it is. 5G will be the worst of both worlds. We will have more sources around us, and closer to us. And they will be more powerful and continuous emissions…

Active Denial WeaponThis link is an article about the US Military’s Microwave crowd control weapon called the “Active Denial System”. It disperses crowds by heating up their skins. It uses the 95 GHz 5G frequency to do this. This frequency is well below the 300 GHz frequency some 5G devices may use. And all of these RF Radiation frequencies are “non-ionizing”. The power level of this system is much higher, but it utilizes a frequency within the 5G range…

In the below video is an expert in Microwave radiation and its health effects named Dr. Barrie Trower. Dr. Trower spent his whole career studying and learning about the biological effects of Microwave radiation. He is a British Physicist and began his career working with this radiation in the British Royal Navy and in the British Secret Service. There he learned about how it could be used as a weapon and what health affects it had in those scenarios. Later he became a professor and spent his life teaching and studying Microwave radiation. Barrie gets into the meat of Microwave health effects starting at about the 6 minute mark in the video.

In the below video Dr. Barrie Trower is interviewed by a man named Sir Julian Rose. In this video Dr. Trower goes into great depth as to what makes 5G much more dangerous than previous cellular network generations. This video is a bit long but is full of great information and very much worth watching!

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Why the States Must Nullify the National Voter Registration Act Now!

From the earliest days of our Republic, some years before our federal Constitution of 1787 was ratified; the Citizens of the States determined the qualifications for voting, and memorialized these qualifications in their State Constitutions. In keeping with this hallowed practice, the Citizens of North Carolina recently amended Article VI of their State Constitution to add to the Qualifications for voting the requirement that persons voting in person present a photo ID [link].

But lawsuits have been filed in federal court objecting to the photo ID’s; and the judge on one of them, U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs [Mid. Dist. North Carolina], has announced that she will issue a preliminary injunction against the requirement that voters present a photo ID. North Carolina election officials scurried to comply with Judge Biggs’ announcement; and Republican politicians called for an appeal [link].

The purpose of this paper is to show a better way to proceed — to show how North Carolina can enforce the US Constitution and the qualifications for voting set forth in its State Constitution…

The Deep State which controls the federal government doesn’t want elections cleaned up — they need dirty elections to get their henchmen in office. So they have embarked upon a course of action (such as the NVRA) to try to prevent the States from cleaning up elections.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Harry and Meghan Have Their Eyes on Vancouver Mansion

Meghan Markle is looking into real estate in the prestigious West Vancouver market according to The Sun. One particular mansion has caught her eye: a beautiful 6,900-square foot waterfront home selling at just over $35 million dollars according to the Vancouver Sun.

There are a total of six bedrooms and five bathrooms in the four-story mansion complete with full-length panoramic windows that offer breathtaking views of both the ocean and the city skyline.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Watch: Dramatic Drone Footage of St. John’s Post Blizzard

Drone footage has captured what St. John’s looks like post blizzard. The province saw record breaking snowfall during Friday’s storm as certain areas even endured the biggest snow storm they have ever seen.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Belgium: Extinction Rebellion Invade Auto Salon: 185 Arrests

As promised last week, the environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion on Saturday invaded the Auto Salon currently under way in Brussels, to protest against the car industry and what it calls their “Salon of Lies”.

The organisation had called for groups and individuals to come to the Heysel and carry out actions of their choice, from distributing flyers and collaring representatives of the industry, to gluing themselves to cars and throwing fake blood around. Protesters were asked to stipulate that they were aware the actions might be unlawful, and arrest could result.

In the event, on what is assumed to be the busiest day of the Salon, the protest actions included shouting slogans in the exhibition hall, climbing into vehicles and locking themselves in, carrying around a sheet painted as a bus with the slogan “This is the only non-polluting vehicle here, and later bringing out the fake blood and carrying out a “die-in” where protesters lay on the ground to symbolise road deaths.

[Comment: Article dated January 19, 2020.]

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

EU Financial Firms Flock to UK

About 1,000 EU financial services firms plan to open offices in the UK after Brexit to serve British clients in a sign Britain will remain the continent’s banking hub, consultancy firm Bovill has said, Reuters reports. Firms from Ireland, France, Cyprus, and Germany have applied for 228, 170, 165 and 149 temporary permits respectively, to do so already. The investments will offset British firms’ opening new offices on the mainland.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Hungarian Press Roundup: EP Adopts Resolution Condemning Hungary and Poland

In the very first reactions to the resolution passed by the EP in Strasbourg on Thursday, two opposition outlets believe its implications for both Hungary and Fidesz will be limited.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Norway’s Government Collapses Over ISIS Returnee

Norway’s populist Progress Party decided to leave government after a decision to repatriate a woman suspected of having ties with the so-called Islamic State during her stay in Syria, Deutsche Welle reports. The woman was allowed to return to get medical treatment for her child. The split means Conservative prime minister Erna Solberg no longer has a majority in parliament, but she said she wants to continue with a minority.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Pope Francis Ties Rise in Antisemitism to Growth of Populism

ROME — Pope Francis said Monday selfishness leads to populism, which in turn gives rise to antisemitism.

Addressing a delegation from the Simon Wiesenthal Center in the Vatican, the pontiff offered a systematic, “connect-the-dots” thought experiment tying selfishness to anger, anger to populism, populism to hatred, and hatred to antisemitism.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

UK Wind Farms Paid Millions Per Day Not to Run Turbines

Last week, millions of pounds in “constraint payments” were paid to wind energy farms to not run their turbines.

Over £12 million was handed out to wind farms in the United Kingdom last week, following a major outage in a powerline that transported energy from Scottish wind farms to England.

The handouts will be tacked onto consumers’ energy bills throughout the country.

The firms were paid between 25 and 80 percent more than they would have earned were the turbines actually running, reports The Telegraph.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Lane: Only Modernist Architects Will Benefit From Moving the House of Lords to Beautiful York

Boris Johnson is considering moving the entire upper chamber of the British Parliament to the north of England in a bid to spread government more evenly across the country. This begs the question, what has York done to deserve this?

While arguments over the political wisdom of splitting Parliament in two and putting one chamber at the end of a three-hour railway journey rage on, ultra-rich, detached from reality star architects will already be salivating at the prospect at another bottomless pit of taxpayer’s money to fund a new design. The evidence of this comes with the depressing and inevitable slate of attention-seeking proposals floated every time the chance to further vandalise a city comes along.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Baghdad Anti-Government Protests Escalate

Protesters in Baghdad are demanding the president appoint a a prime minister they find acceptable. Security forces are using tear gas and live bullets to try to push them back.

Ailsa Chang, Host:

The anti-government protests in Iraq escalated today. Security forces fired live bullets and canisters of tear gas into crowds of demonstrators, killing three protesters. The government says the protesters were throwing rocks at the security forces and wounded more than a dozen. NPR’s Jane Arraf was at the protest in Baghdad and has this report.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Lebanon’s Protests Spiral

Beirut’s Weekend of Violent Unrest

Over the weekend Beirut saw some of the most violent unrest since anti-government protests began in October, with security forces using water cannons, tear gas, and rubber bullets to disperse crowds on both Saturday and Sunday. The clashes capped what organizers had called a “week of anger,” after a slowdown in the mass protests that began in Lebanon three months ago, forcing then-Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign.

On Saturday, demonstrators clashed with riot police before a planned protest on the road to Lebanon’s parliament building, with violence accelerating throughout the night. More than 370 people were injured. The protests turned violent for the second night on Sunday, leading to another confrontation with police. This week the protesters have also turned their anger on banks, vandalizing dozens across Beirut.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Putin Rewrites WWII History and Pushes Stalinist Propaganda

A diplomatic row has emerged between Russia and Poland, after scandalous comments by Russian President Vladimir Putin emerged, in which he claimed that the invasion of Poland on the 17th of September 1939 was “necessary because the Polish government lost control of the country” and bizarrely claimed that the Soviet invasion “saved many lives”.

He further went on to accuse Poles of “negotiating with Hitler” and complained that the Poles have been dismantling Red Army memorials.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Hindus Suffering for Being Born in Majority: Plea in SC Challenges Constitutionality of Minorities Commission

Central Govt hugely funding Rs. 4800 Crores for minorities discriminating majority Hindus.

Upendra Bharti | HENB | Delhi | January 20, 2020:: The Supreme Court today issued notice to Union Govt in a petition challenging the constitutionality of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992, and the extension of Government welfare schemes to religious minorities mainly Muslims using huge money taken from the majority Hindu taxpayers.

Notice was issued today by a Bench presided by Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman and S Ravindra Bhat on a plea filed by followers of the Sanatan Vedic Dharam, who are members of the Hindu community. The writ petition [Writ Petition (Civil) 1568/2019] was filed by Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain.

The six Hindu petitioners, viz. Neeraj Shankar Saxena, Manish Sharma, Umesh Rawat, Arun Kumar Singh, Shishupal Bhagel and Sourabh Singh have approached the Court highlighting that they are being unconstitutionally deprived of benefits available to similarly situated members of religious minorities through Government welfare schemes, in violation of Articles 14, 15 and 27 of the Constitution of India. The petition states, inter alia,

“Petitioners are filing this petition against the injustice being done by the Central Government discriminating them with the members of other religious communities distinguished on the basis of religion. The Petitioners and other members of Hindu community are suffering because they have been born in majority community.”…

           — Hat tip: Upananda Brahmachari [Return to headlines]
 

Coronavirus in China Confirmed Contagious by Human-to-Human Transmission

Health officials in Beijing have confirmed two cases of a new coronavirus today. An additional case has been reported in Shenzhen by authorities in the province of Guangdong. This is the first confirmation that the newfound virus has spread domestically beyond the central city of Wuhan. A city that all three carriers had recently visited according to authorities. China has reported 139 cases of pneumonia caused by a coronavirus. There have been three deaths due to the virus and there is now confirmation that it has spread past the city it was first identified in.

Over the weekend the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission received 136 new patients of those one person died, two are in critical condition and 33 are in serious condition. The new patients diagnosed Saturday and Sunday have brought the total number of people in China to 201. A giant leap from only 62 reported prior to the weekend. A total of 14 health care workers have now been infected as well as a result of treating infected patients.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

How Scared Should You be of the Wuhan Coronavirus?

A deadly outbreak has now reached three countries outside China, amid worries of official cover-ups.

A previously unknown virus, first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Dec. 31, is seriously worrying global health experts. The World Health Organization announced Monday that it was convening an emergency meeting on the virus, which is a coronavirus, a species common in animals that occasionally leaps to humans. In China, past cases of viruses passing from animals to humans have been relatively common thanks to close contact with domestic animals like chickens, as well as the consumption of wild animals such as civet cats, and sometimes because population and resource pressures have pushed people deeper into previously untouched forests and jungles in the south.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Moody’s Downgrades Hong Kong, Blames Government Response to Protests

Hong Kong’s reputation as a global business hub was dealt a fresh blow Monday after Moody’s downgraded a key rating, blaming a lack of government response to months of popular protests and China’s increased influence over the city’s institutions.

The rating downgrade is a major blow to Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam, who has struggled to end more than seven months of huge and often violent pro-democracy protests.

It also reflects growing concern within the business community that the institutional features that give Hong Kong more political and economic autonomy are weakening under pressure from the authoritarian mainland.

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New Species of Feathered Dinosaur Discovered in China

Another feathered dinosaur species was discovered this week in China by a team of Chinese and American paleontologists. This find is considered one-of-a-kind because it is actually a window into what the planet looked like 120 million years ago. The fossil comes with completely preserved feathers and bones that give insight and new information on the growth of dinosaurs and how are they different from modern birds.

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US vs China: America Plans to Ban Usage of Chinese Drones

Looks like the feud between U.S. and China have been more intense these past months as U.S. bans Chinese drones — citing issues of espionage. Will this result to a total ban of civilian drones?

BBC reported on Jan. 16 that U.S. officials worried that civilian drones are used as a spying tool by the Chinese government.

As of today, according to the Federal Aviation Administration or FAA, 2 million sets of drones had already been sold commercially in the country. Over the next years, this number is expected to be doubled with more than 2.4 million units.

U.S. bans Chinese Drones?

Head of the U.S. Department of Interior, David Bernhardt, recently got worried about the widespread use of civilian drones all over the country.

According to him, most of these drones were made from China-based companies, which may result in Chinese espionage or the act of obtaining personal or confidential information without any permission from the owner.

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Meet the Man Who Has Exposed the Great Climate Change Con Trick

James Delingpole talks to Professor Ian Plimer, the Australian geologist, whose new book shows that ‘anthropogenic global warming’ is a dangerous, ruinously expensive fiction, a ‘first-world luxury’ with no basis in scientific fact. Shame on the publishers who rejected the book.

‘I’m a natural scientist. I’m out there every day, buried up to my neck in sh**, collecting raw data. And that’s why I’m so sceptical of these models, which have nothing to do with science or empiricism but are about torturing the data till it finally confesses. None of them predicted this current period we’re in of global cooling. There is no problem with global warming. It stopped in 1998. The last two years of global cooling have erased nearly 30 years of temperature increase.’

[Comment: From 2009, but still relevant today.]

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New Species of Titi Monkey Discovered in Brazil

Titi monkeys are one of the most diverse Neotropical primate groups, with over 30 species currently recognized.

These tree-dwelling monkeys are small, between 23 and 46 cm (9-18 inches) tall. They have long, soft fur and striking coloration.

Titi monkeys live in small family groups consisting of a monogamous pair and their offspring.

They are primarily fruit eaters, and prefer dense forests near water and easily jump from branch to branch, earning them their German name, jumping monkey.

The newfound species belongs to the genus Plecturocebus, an Amazonian group of titi monkeys.

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Trump Was Right! Warehouse in Puerto Rico Discovered This Week Filled With US Survival Aid for Hurricane Maria (Video)

In 2018, nearly a year after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, reports surfaced that piles of food and supplies were left to rot in semi truck trailers, and ended up eaten by rats and other vermin.

This was while San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz used every opportunity to try to blame Trump, saying that D.C. wasn’t sending enough aid.

CBS reported in 2018: Donated food sent to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria were left to rot in a parking lot of a government facility, CBS News corresondent David Begnaud reported Friday. Additionally, about 10 containers filled with non-perishable supplies sat at the government facility for 11 months.

And this week another warehouse full of US survival supplies was found in Puerto Rico.

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Hungary: Fidesz: Opposition Momentum’s Liberal EP Group Wants to Implement ‘Soros Plan’

Renew Europe, the liberal party group of the European Parliament which includes Hungary’s Momentum as a member, wants to implement the “Soros plan” on migration, the spokesman of ruling Fidesz’s parliamentary group said on Monday.

Several components of Renew Europe’s recently released package of proposals on how the EU should tackle migration are “quite familiar from the Soros plan,” Janos Halasz told a press conference.

The liberals want to turn Europe into an open society, a continent of immigrants through introducing migrant quotas and they want to give “Soros organisations” greater influence in tackling migration, he said.

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Iraqi ‘People Trafficking Kingpin, 29, Who Smuggled Migrants From Belgium to UK in Backs of Lorries’ Is Arrested in UK Along With British Woman, 36, And Now Faces Extradition

An Iraqi man and a British woman have been arrested for allegedly smuggling migrants from Belgium into the UK.

The 29-year-old man, who is suspected of being at the head of the international trafficking network, was arrested with the woman, 36, at a property in Bramber Court, Cippenham, early this morning on January 20.

The pair, who allegedly smuggled migrants into the country inside the back of HGV vehicles, are now being detained by the National Crime Agency (NCA) in Slough on a European Arrest Warrant.

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Actual Drag Queen Slams ‘Woke’ Parents for Allowing Their Kids to be Around Drag Queens

Drag queen Kitty Demure posted a viral video in which he expressed his amazement at why ‘woke’ parents are allowing their kids to be around drag queens, asking, “Would you want a stripper or a porn star to influence your child?”

Demure questioned why drag queens had attracted so much “respect” from the left given that they’ve done little more than “put on make-up, jump on the floor and writhe around and do sexual things on stage.”

“I have absolutely no idea why you would want that to influence your child, would you want a stripper or a porn star to influence your child?” he asked.

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France: Tens of Thousands March in Paris to Protest ‘Wombs for Rent’

Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Paris on Sunday, protesting a proposed law on artificial insemination and surrogate motherhood.

Chanting slogans such as Liberté, Egalité, Paternité (Liberty, Equality, Fatherhood), a play on the revolutionary cry calling for liberty, equality, and brotherhood, the protesters voiced their opposition to “fatherless reproduction.”

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German ‘Speech Police’ Announce Taboo Term of 2019: ‘Climate Hysteria’

That’s right, last week a panel, made up of four pompous linguists and one journalist, chose “climate hysteria” as Germany’s taboo word (un-word) of 2019.

Discriminatory, disguising or misleading

The Unwort des Jahres (un-word of the year) is a new or recently popularized term used in Germany which a panel deems “violates human rights or infringes upon Democratic principles.”

According to Wikipedia, “The term may be one that discriminates against societal groups or might be euphemistic, disguising or misleading. The term is usually, but not always, a German term. The term is chosen from suggestions sent in by the public.”

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A Plague of Locusts, Earthquakes in Diverse Places, And Weather That Has Gone Completely Nuts

It is almost as if someone flipped some sort of a switch as 2020 began, because we have been seeing really weird things happen all over the globe so far this year. Later in this article I want to talk about the large earthquakes and strange weather events that we have seen over the past few days, but first I want to discuss the massive armies of locusts that are voraciously eating crops in Asia and in Africa. Right now, a “deadly invasion by millions and millions of locusts” in India is absolutely devastating farm after farm, and the media in India is calling this locust invasion “the worst in over six decades”…

Parts of Gujarat and Rajasthan are in the midst of a deadly invasion by millions and millions of locusts, leaving the farmers there in distress. The invasion which began in October is said to be the worst in over six decades.

According to reports, crops of some 3.6 lakh hectares in 10 districts as western Rajasthan have been damaged by the locusts so far. The Locust Warning Organization (LWO) said that the current wave of attack was by Pink locusts which are flying in from Pakistan.

As bad as things are in India, the truth is that they are even worse in Africa.

According to the UN, the desert locusts that have been ravaging fields in Ethiopia and Somalia are now pouring into Kenya…

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8 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/20/2020

    • Those armed patriots are not ordinary people: they are balanced , wise and responsible citizens. they don’t use rifles for fun.

      It was heartmarming to see them with courage in their faces and humblenss in their behavior. They hate crimes and gallantly protect the weak and liberate the bonded.

      I pray reason and justice and freedom will be your guide. They love every American unconditionally.

      God bless real patriots who love America.

  1. s://www.kavkazr.com/a/30389036.html

    A native of Grozny, 22-year-old Chechen Aminat Lorsanova, appealed to the Investigative Committee of Russia with a complaint of beatings and torture because of her sexual orientation and rejection of Islam. This was reported by Kommersant with reference to the Russian LGBT network.

    Lorsanova asks to institute criminal proceedings against her parents, their friend, who “tried to expel the genie from her”, and doctors from a Muslim clinic.

    The girl claims that in 2018 she was twice illegally placed in psychiatric hospitals, where she was tortured and tortured.

    As stated in the statement, in August 2018, she spent 25 days in the “Boev Border Clinic” in Grozny and four months in the Republican Neuropsychiatric Dispensary.

    Several times during this time, the acquaintance of the girl’s father beat her with a stick and at the same time read the Qur’an. According to him, he did this in order to expel a genie from her. For the same purposes, her father handcuffed her, tied her legs, taped her mouth with tape and gave an injection of a tranquilizer, Lorsanova said.

    In April 2019, the applicant left Chechnya – the Russian LGBT network helped her leave Russia.

  2. Well, if Europe doesn’t like those Po folks it can go Hungary as far as I concerned.

    At least in America we still know how to behave towards one another (for the most part).

  3. Checkmate to you, Western bourgeoisie!
    While you are arguing about bikinis and burkinis, in the Russian Muslim region of Dagestan, women have been denied access to the largest pool in the North Caucasus!

    Users on social networks are outraged by the decision of the administration of the pool of the Anji Arena sports complex known in Dagestan to ban entry for women.

    https://rg.ru/2020/01/21/reg-skfo/v-dagestane-zhenshchinam-zapretili-poseshchat-bassejn.html

  4. So (ex) Prince Harry has enough to buy that mansion? It seems like being part of the family was OK as long as it made him rich.

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